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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Intro (Live Version)0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. New South Africa (Live Version) 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stomping Grounds (Live Version) 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lochs Of Dread (Live Version) 5:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bigfoot (Live Version) 7:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Far East Medley (Live Version) 7:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Flying Saucer Dudes (Live Version) 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. UFO Tofu (Live Version) 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Interlude-Libation, The Water Ritual (Live Version) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vix 9 (Live Version) 6:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Message (Live Version) 9:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Improv/Amazing Grace (Live Version) 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Shubbee's Doobie (Live Version) 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Oh Darling (Live Version) 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Blu-Bop (Live Version) 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sunset Road (Live Version) 5:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. More Luv (Live Version) 7:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Early Reflection/Bach/The Ballad Of Jed Clampett (Live Version) 6:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cheeseballs In Cowtown (Live Version) 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sinister Minister (Live Version) 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo (Live Version) 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: September 10, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002N7R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones return with a remarkable anthology of their live performances. Recorded over a four-year period, "Live Art" features seven nerver-before-recorded Flecktone tunes as well as several vocal tracks, radically reworked versions of material from the group's back catalog, spellbinding on-the-spot improvisations and an array of extraordinary guest stars, including Chick Corea, Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis. This music was recorded live at various locations between 1992 and 1996. Many different engineers helped us record the gigs, then Bela and Richard edited and mixed the stuff on a computer. Hundreds of hours of tapes were sifted through over a period of of months to pick the best 20 cuts.

Something of a retrospective, Live Art is a treat for both newcomers and aficionados of the eye-popping artistry that is Bela Fleck, not to mention his more-than-capable partners in crime, bassist Victor Wooten and percussionist (well, it's not exactly a drum set he plays) Future Man. This two-disc set features live performances spanning a four-year period, with several guest appearances: Branford Marsalis sits in on "Flying Saucer Dudes," Chick Corea is featured on "The Message," and Bruce Hornsby appears on "More Luv." Several never-before-recorded songs appear here as well--the Scottish-inflected "Lochs of Dread," among others. Favorites like "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo," "UFO Tofu," and "Sinister Minister" are here as well, making this a well-rounded, enjoyable collection for any Fleck fan. Jazz? Folk? Bluegrass? Who knows, but whatever it is, it's well worth hearing. --Genevieve Williams

Customer Reviews

The album just gets better from there.
Andrew Kim
And this is possibly the best recorded live album I've ever heard.
D. Richardson
Every musician on this album is extremely talented.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't care who you are or what kind of music you listen to, this CD will simply blow you away. I have been lucky enough to see The Flecktones in concert and I can honestly say, these two disks perfectly capture their live sound and feel. The musicianship is absolutly top knotch. I thought I knew what good bass playing was until I heard Victor. There's no doubt in my mind that he is the worlds most knowledgeable and innovative bassist. Just listen to his solo in Sinister Minister. You'll never find a better (or nicer) bass player. And Bela, his furious runs up and down scales and uncanny ability to play exactly the right note at exactly the right time is unmatched. These two, along with a slew of other unbelievable muscians, come together in perfect sink to pull of these amazing and, at times very emotional tunes. I'd recommend this to any one who has ears!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kim on September 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Where do I even start? This is as good as live albums get. This captures the energy and fun of a Flecktones show perfectly. The cuts on here contain some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard in my life.
New South Africa opens the disc with a melody that is executed in such a buoyant manner that it can seemingly lift you into a good mood. The musical interplay between the band (and equally skilled guests) is displayed with the very next and rousing playful track, Stomping Grounds.
The album just gets better from there. With incomprehensibly complex songs like UFO TOFU, a bit of Beatles fun with Oh! Darling (which features jaw dropping vocals from John Cowan), Sam Bush ripping it up on the violin on Big Foot, and amazing solos by bass God, Victor Wooten, and Bela Fleck, this album has much to offer.
Guests like Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Paul McCandless, Bush and others also show how well the Flecktones challenge themselves and how ego free the band is.
There are wonderful melodies that are technically and emotionally superb all across these two discs. All you have to do is listen to Sinister Minister to understand just how good this band is. This is toe-tapping, hum along music that covers almost every kind of music imaginable. Your mouth will be agape when it isn't smiling. This is one of the greatest albums ever from one of the best bands out there today.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Sutherland on November 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones embark on a musical journey throughout this entire album and cordially invite you to join them. There musical style ranges from bluegrass tunes to jazz, classical, and celtic tunes. You can't describe their music using traditional descriptions because their music draws from so many influences creating a scope of sound that is very unique. There is hardly any singing on this album except for a few tracks so it is something different, but each musician Bela, Vic, Sam, and Future man, are such accomplished live players that they use their instrument as their voice and they can express a great deal more. My favourite tracks are Bigfoot, Stomping Grounds, Shubee's Doobie and Early Reflection. This last track "Early Reflection" is a solo by Bela Fleck that shows how he has mastered his instrument by going from a classical piece to the theme from "The Beverly Hillbillies." And it sounds awesome! Some of the other songs I like because of the beautiful arrangements and hramonies the players create. After listening to this album anything else I put into my CD player sounded musically much more simple in comparison. This band is a LIVE improvisational band and on this album their skills are on fine display for anyone who wants to broaden their musical horizons. If your a fan of bluegrass, jazz, celtic, classical, or just a fan of live improvisational music I highly recommend buying this album. And if you don't know about Bela Fleck's "style" of music this is a great inroduction. This is an incredible album you won't regret buying it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I believe this to be the best CD ever produced. For a while I would listen to it every single day of my life. Track 3 of Disc 1 (Stomping Grounds) is particularly amazing, along with the Track 1 of Disc 2(Improv/Amazing Grace), which is a bass solo by Victor Wooten. One would think that almost 7 minutes of just one guy playing an electric bass would start to get redundant, but it never does, Wooten (as well as every other musician) has mastered his instrument in a manner which is rarely seen in the musical world these days. Even though I love the studio CDs produced by Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, the energy and power of the music pale in comparison to the energy generated by the live performances. If you purchase one Jazz or Bluegrass CD from the 1990s, this is the one to buy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Bush on February 24, 2004
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First of all I believe Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are some of the best musicians playing today, and their live interaction on Live Art is almost telepathic.
For my peronal tastes though, their music tends to lean just a bit too much towards what I call "happy jazz" - in other words, despite being extremely well played, the music seems to just meander with little tension or bite. Not something you'd likely hear in an elevator - it does jam - but it does not rock.
The one real exception in my opinion is the 5th track "Bigfoot" which builds to an amazing level of intensity. It starts off with the most beautiful folk-celtic banjo line which returns throughout the song, but in between features excellent solos by everyone in the group, and believe me this track does rock. This is one of the best instrumental peices I have ever heard - I love it. Honestly, this is the only track I "listen" to on the recording, the rest I have play for background. I would have gladly bought "Libe Art" for Bigfoot alone.
Finally, the music is exceptionally well recorded despite the fact that it is live. I think that many people will find lots to enjoy on Live Art.
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